Achilles (automobile)

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1903 Achilles BE 54 on the 2008 London to Brighton veteran car run

The Achilles was an English shaft drive voiturette manufactured by B Thompson & Co. in Frome, Somerset between 1903 and 1908.[1]

A range of cars were advertised, mostly with single-cylinder engines by Aster and De Dion. Other mechanical parts were also bought in, and it seems likely that only the bodies were originated by Achilles. At least 5 different models were produced including the 8 hp, 9 hp and 12 hp.[2]

This car is notably seen in the French comic book Achille Talon, created by Michel Regnier (known by the pseudonym Greg), for the Pilote redaction.


  1. ^ British Motor Manufacturers Archived April 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Motor-Car Journal, Volume 8, October 1906

David Filsell, "Achilles", in G.N. Georgano, ed., The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars 1885-1968 (New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1974), pp. 26.